Intel BE200 WiFi 7 Module Review vs Qualcomm NCM865 scaled

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As Wi-Fi technology continues to evolve, the latest advancement comes in the form of WiFi 7, promising faster speeds, lower latency, and improved connectivity.

For laptops and PCs, there is currently either the Intel BE200 or vs Qualcomm NCM865 that you can use to upgrade your device. They are both essentially the same, but there are some issues with what devices they support.

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Intel BE200 vs AX210 Specification

Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (Gig+)
Launch DateQ3’23Q4’20
Weight (in grams)2230: 3.07+/-0.15G 
Supported OSWindows 11 / 11
Windows 10 / 11  64-bit
TX/RX Streams2×22×2
Bands2.4 |  5 |  6 GHz2.4 |  5 |  6 GHz
Frequency Support320 MHz160MHz
Max Speed5.8 Gbps2.4 Gbps
Bluetooth Version5.45.3
Board Form FactorM.2 2230 |  M.2 1216M.2 2230 |  M.2 1216
Package Size22mm x 30mm x 2.4mm
2mm x 16mm x 1.7(+/-0.1)mm
22mm x 30mm x 2.4mm
12mm x 16mm x 1.65mm
System Interface TypeM.2: PCIe |  USBWi-Fi(PCIe) |  BT(USB)
Multi Link OperationYesNo
Support Intel vProYesYes

 Intel BE200 vs Qualcomm NCM865

I have previously reviewed the MSI Herald-BE NCM865, which uses the Qualcomm NCM865 WiFI 7 module. It has essentially the same specifications as the Intel BE200. The main difference is that the  Intel BE200 does not support AMD-based systems, and the Qualcomm NCM865 does not support Linux.

At the moment, the Intel BE200 can be bought by itself or integrated into a PCIe expansion card. At the time of writing, the Qualcomm NCM865 is only available in the MSI Herald-BE NCM865. But the price difference isn’t that much, and you can easily remove the module from the PCIe card.

Multi-Link Operation (MLO) Support

Multi-Link Operation (MLO) is a significant feature in Wi-Fi 7, allowing devices to transmit and receive data across multiple frequency bands simultaneously. This boosts throughput, minimizes latency, and enhances reliability.

Modes of MLO:

  1. Simultaneous Transmit and Receive (STR) Mode: Links operate independently without interference, permitting simultaneous data transmission and reception.
  2. Non-simultaneous Transmit and Receive (NSTR) Mode: Links can only either receive or transmit data at any given moment, prohibiting concurrent sending and receiving operations.

Key advantages of MLO:

  1. Increased data throughput and reduced latency.
  2. Ability for devices to use multiple bands at once and rapidly switch between them.
  3. Enhanced performance for routers and access points, allowing simultaneous data transmission and reception.
  4. Improved reliability for backhaul connections in mesh networks.
  5. Support for new applications and improved experiences in virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), online gaming, remote work, and cloud computing.

To utilise MLO, both the Wi-Fi 7 router/access point and the client devices must support this feature. Currently, Windows does not support MLO, but it is expected in Windows 11 version 24H2. Few mobile devices, apart from the Xiaomi 14, support MLO.

Compatibility & Installation

As I have previously mentioned, the  Intel BE200 does not support AMD-based systems. It should work on most intel systems.

For this review, I used the Acer Swift Go 14 (2024) to install the module. This laptop only had WiFi 6, but when you open the laptop, the WiFi module is easily accessible.

It is worth noting that some laptops and miniPCs do not have a removable WIFi module, so they can’t be upgraded.

WiFi module

Installing the module is fairly simple. You just remove the antenna clips, removing remove the retaining screw and swap the module out.

One tricky bit is reattaching the antenna. They have a tiny popper button design, and it can be difficult to get them to clip in. I often have to align the clip up and then use the head of my screwdriver to apply pressure on it until I hear the pop it makes when attaching.

WiFi module antennas

If it is not properly clipped, then you will almost certainly have signal issues.

WiFi 7 6GHz Performance

Performance testing of the Intel BE200 and Qualcomm NCM865 on the 6GHz band showed the following results:

Qualcomm NCM865:

  • Zyxel NWA130BE: 2376 Mbit/sec
  • EnGenius ECW536: 3262 Mbit/sec

Intel BE200:

  • Zyxel NWA130BE: 2460 Mbit/sec
  • EnGenius ECW536: 3312 Mbit/sec

WiFi 7 5GHz Performance

On the 5GHz band, the performance results were as follows:

Qualcomm NCM865:

  • Zyxel NWA130BE: 2376 Mbit/sec
  • EnGenius ECW536: 2198 Mbit/sec

Intel BE200:

  • Zyxel NWA130BE: 2376 Mbit/sec
  • EnGenius ECW536: 1934 Mbit/sec

2.4GHz Performance

Performance on the 2.4GHz band revealed:

Qualcomm NCM865:

  • Zyxel NWA130BE: 342Mbit/sec
  • EnGenius ECW536: 342Mbit/sec

Intel BE200:

  • Zyxel NWA130BE: 312Mbit/sec
  • EnGenius ECW536: 337 Mbit/sec

Price and Alternative Options

The Intel BE200 is available to buy now from various resellers on Amazon:

  • Intel BE200 Module is priced at £40
  • Ubit WiFI 7 PCIe expansion card with BE200 is available for £40 (but a 30% voucher is available on the page at the time of writing).

The only WiFi 7 alternative is the MSI Herald-BE NCM865, which is a PCIE card that uses the Qualcomm NCM865. This is currently only available on the Amazon US store and is priced at $50. Shipping it to the UK would cost $8.13. This works out at around £45.


Both the Intel BE200 and Qualcomm NCM865 offer superb performance and advanced features expected from WiFi 7 modules. The choice between them depends on specific needs and system compatibility. The Intel BE200 is more versatile in terms of supported operating systems and can be bought as a standalone module or integrated into a PCIe card. In contrast, the Qualcomm NCM865, only available within the MSI Herald-BE NCM865 PCIe card, is currently the only option for users with AMD systems.

Intel BE200 WiFi 7 Module Review


The Intel BE200 performs exactly as expected and performs just as well as the Qualcomm NCM865. Though only issue is that it is disappointing that it does not support AMD-based systems

  • Overall - 90%


  • Affordable
  • Superb performance


  • AMD systems are not supported

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